What We Do & How We Work - WaterStep







WHAT WE DO & HOW WE WORK

We are a nonprofit that provides safe water
to communities in developing countries.

We train people in developing countries how to use safe water solutions like water purification, health education, and well repair, empowering communities to take care of their own water needs for years. We believe that the best solutions to water problems are rooted in simple tools and effective training.

Three Focus Areas

Water Purification

Community members learn how to use appropriate water solutions for their community. Training a family how to use a water filter at home or a school teacher how to use a chlorine generator to provide water for their students means the community has control over their own water supply.

Health Education

Every water project is paired with education in health and sanitation. Teaching about hand washing, proper disposal of waste, and transmission of disease alongside water purification can cut diarhea cases almost in half.

Well Repair

Any broken wells in the community get repaired by community members trained in well repair. The cost to repair a well is a fraction of the cost to dig a new well, which means the extra money can go towards something else in the community, like improving infrastructure.

A TYPICAL PROJECT. A team of trainers works with the community to find the best solutions for their water problems. One water trainer shows a family how to use a filter in their home, and another water trainer helps to install a water purifier at the local medical clinic. A team of hygiene workers hold an event at the school to teach students proper hand washing methods and how germs spread. Well repairmen work together to fix broken wells in the area, learning to troubleshoot common causes of hand pump failure.

Our Guiding Principles

Training

Training community members how to operate water systems, fix broken wells, and teach health and hygiene ensures that the solutions are long-term. Not only does training support long-term solutions, training is a multiplier. Training ten people who then each train ten other people multiplies the impact.

Community Model

Water is a community problem, which means it requires community solutions. Water problems are addressed at multiple levels: community, family and individual. Water solutions at different levels strengthen the community's ability to take care of their own water supply.

Impact

Water projects are done one community, one family, one person at a time, so the impact can be seen throughout the entire community. Public health improves - there are less people at the medical clinic, more children in the school, and more people working to better their lives.